Black Magic were very prominent with their characteristic open-plan stand. Their new Ursa Mini 4.6K PL mount camera seemed to be getting a lot of attention, and has certainly learnt some lessons from its predecessor. They claim an impressive 15 stops of dynamic range, with a smaller 5” fold-out viewfinder now rather than the enormous screen on its previous incarnation. It uses CFast cards, as does the Canon C300Mk2 and Arri cameras. A list price just over £4,000 makes it a bargain.
Atomos had a really eye-catching development with the Shogun Flame, which allows the cameraman to shoot in Log but shows the full HDR image on screen. Switching between SDR and HDR emphasised the quality of the screen, and at under £1,300 it’s a great option. With a brightness rating of 1500 nits, it makes a great stand-alone viewfinder as it’s easily bright enough to be seen in daylight, on a steadicam rig or similar.
Both Black Magic and Atomos really impressed me with the passion and enthusiasm shown by their representatives on the stand, particularly as it was the last day of a four day show, and they were still beating the drum loudly, evangelising about the benefits of their wares. Good job guys.
Both Panasonic and Sony had large, high profile stands. It was interesting that Sony were there in force, given that they decided to give BVE a miss last month. The PMW-FS5 was a popular attraction, as were the A7S Mk2 and A7R Mk2. I always struggled to remember the difference in these models until it was put in simple terms. S = Sensitivity. Fewer pixels (only 14M!! ) but fabulous in low light. R = resolution, with 44M pixels gives amazing detail when blown up. So now I know my S’s and R’s from my elbow.